phobia

noun
pho·bia | \ ˈfō-bē-ə \

Definition of phobia 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation

Definition of -phobia (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : exaggerated fear of acrophobia

2 : intolerance or aversion for photophobia

Examples of phobia in a Sentence

Noun

His fear of crowds eventually developed into a phobia.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His clients use virtual reality to overcome phobias, including a fear of heights, anxiety issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, and drug, alcohol and smoking addictions. Kate Thayer, chicagotribune.com, "Virtual reality can help people overcome fear of heights, study shows," 12 July 2018 Well, in all honesty, remember this is May of 2016 which is prior to Hillary raising Russo phobia. Fox News, "Gorka: Suddenly the left care about minorities and children?," 21 June 2018 That behavior is typical for dogs with loud noise phobia. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Do Thundershirts Really Calm Dogs During Fireworks or What?," 3 July 2018 By Kathryn Hughes Johns Hopkins, 414 pages, $29.95 Ms. Hughes’s discussion of what physical phobias and fetishes can tell us about Victorian society is brilliantly particular. Elizabeth Lowry, WSJ, "‘Victorians Undone’ Review: Bodies in Question," 4 May 2018 Far more people have a fear of flying that doesn’t reach phobia levels, despite the fact that people are flying more than ever before and plenty of data shows it’s a reliably safe way to travel. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why Some People Have a Crippling Fear of Flying — and How They Can Overcome It," 6 July 2018 Based on some studies, sporting and herding dogs are at higher risk of developing storm phobias. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Five ways to help your pet stay calm when a storm sweeps in," 13 June 2018 Murphy, the mastermind behind the franchise, incorporated Paulson’s real-life phobias into the character — most notably, her fear of groupings of holes. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "Sarah Paulson's own fears became the basis for her character's anxieties in 'American Horror Story: Cult'," 31 May 2018 Some of the challenges for businesses trying to develop pet-friendly policies are allergies, property damage and animal phobias, Yost said. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Take your dog to work? These 'employees' wag their tails," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of phobia

Noun

1786, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phobia

Noun

-phobia

Noun combining form

New Latin, from Late Latin, from Greek, from -phobos fearing, from phobos fear, flight, from phebesthai to flee; akin to Lithuanian bėgti to flee, Old Church Slavonic běžati

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phobia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of phobia

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something

English Language Learners Definition of -phobia (Entry 2 of 2)

: an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something

phobia

noun
pho·bia | \ ˈfō-bē-ə \

Kids Definition of phobia

: an unreasonable, abnormal, and lasting fear of something

phobia

noun
pho·bia | \ ˈfō-bē-ə \

Medical Definition of phobia 

: an exaggerated and often disabling fear usually inexplicable to the subject and having sometimes a logical but usually an illogical or symbolic object, class of objects, or situation — compare compulsion, obsession

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